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Canna, Sgorr Nam Ban-naomha

Cross (Early Medieval)

Site Name Canna, Sgorr Nam Ban-naomha

Classification Cross (Early Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Skerry Of The Holy Women; 'cashel'; 'nunnery'; 'the Altar'

Canmore ID 319396

Site Number NG20SW 2.02

NGR NG 22991 04395

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Small Isles
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Lochaber
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

Sgor nam Ban-Naomha 2, Canna, Skye & Lochalsh, cross-slab fragment

Measurements: H 0.24m, W 0.26m, D 0.03m

Stone type: Torridonian sandstone

Place of discovery: NG 2299 0439

Present location: Canna House.

Evidence for discovery: found during RCAHMS fieldwork in 1993-4, in the ruins of a stone-built hut.

Present condition: broken and weathered.


This fragment is part of a cruciform grave-marker with a simple Latin cross incised on one broad face. Only one arm of the cruciform shape survives.

Date range: seventh or eighth century.

Primary references: Fisher 2001, 101.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2016


Reference (2001)

(2) Irregular fragment of a cruciform stone of Torridonian sandstone, 0.24m by 0.26m and 25mm thick. The arms are broken except for one short and round-ended side-arm, but there are slight traces of the rounded armpit of the opposite arm. At the centre of one face there is a much-worn pecked equal-armed cross, 0.13m in span.

I Fisher 2001


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